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david lebovitz’s simple french vinaigrette

david lebovitz's simple french vinaigrette

When it comes to salads, the dressing can make all the difference. A well-balanced vinaigrette can transform a simple bowl of greens into a culinary delight, adding layers of flavor and complexity. And if you are looking for a recipe that embodies the essence of French cuisine, look no further than David Lebovitz’s simple French vinaigrette.

David Lebovitz is an American chef and author living in Paris and is renowned for his expertise in French cooking. His French vinaigrette recipe is a testament to simplicity and elegance, using just a handful of high-quality ingredients to create a dressing that is both versatile and delicious.

david lebovitz's simple french vinaigrette
photo from david lebovitz

At the heart of Lebovitz’s vinaigrette is a harmonious blend of tangy Dijon mustard, sharp red wine vinegar, and fruity extra virgin olive oil. The addition of minced shallots lend a subtle onion flavor, while a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper round out the seasoning.

SHALLOTS FOR VINAIGRETTE
photo from david lebovitz

To make his French vinaigrette, start by whisking together one tablespoon of Dijon mustard and two tablespoons of red wine vinegar in a small bowl. Gradually drizzle in six tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, whisking constantly, until the dressing is emulsified and slightly thickened. Add one tablespoon of minced shallots, a pinch of salt, and a few grinds of black pepper, adjusting the seasoning to taste.

david lebovitz's simple french vinaigrette
photo from david lebovitz

The beauty of this vinaigrette lies in its versatility. It pairs beautifully with a variety of salad greens, from delicate butter lettuce to robust arugula. Toss it with chopped fresh herbs for an extra burst of flavor, or drizzle it over roasted vegetables for a simple, yet, elegant side dish. You can even use it as a marinade for grilled meats and seafood, infusing them with classic flavors of French cuisine.

david lebovitz's simple french vinaigrette
photo from david lebovitz

One of the key secrets to a successful vinaigrette is using the highest quality ingredients available. Opt for a good quality mustard, flavorful red wine vinegar, and a fragrant extra virgin olive oil.

So why settle for store-bought dressing when you can easily whip up a batch of David Lebovitz’s French vinaigrette in minutes? With its perfect balance of acidity, richness, and flavor, this dressing is sure to elevate any salad from ordinary, to extraordinary!


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